Calendar of Events – Joplin MO & Surrounding Areas

July 2018

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Anderson, MO: 8 am-noon, Saturdays, Hwy 71. 417.223.8888.

Franklin, KS: 4-6 pm Thursdays, Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway. 620.249.9333.

Pittsburg, KS: Thursdays, 4-7 pm, and Saturdays, 8 am-noon, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Lamar, MO: 3-6 pm Wednesdays, 8 am-1 pm Saturdays, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: 5:30-8:30 pm Third Thursdays, Main Street.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturday; Tuesdays TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturday, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown.

Nevada, MO: Saturdays 8 am-12 pm, 304 W. Austin, downtown Nevada.

Webb City, MO: Tuesday 4-7 pm, Thursday 11 am-2 pm, Saturday 9 am-noon. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Arma, KS

August 10-12: Arma V-J Homecoming, 6 pm, Arma City Park. The Arma V-J Homecoming is the longest continuously celebrated V-J parade and celebration in the United States. Friday: Cruise night. Saturday: Parade, 10 am mud volleyball, 8 pm street dance. Sunday: 11 am bocce tournament.

Columbus, KS

Through August: Art Show featuring Doug Scott with New Encauties, Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery, 120 E. Maple, 620.429.3130.

August 25: Big Brutus Polka Fest, 7-11 pm, Big Brutus, west of West Mineral. Call 620.827.6177.

Crawford, KS

July 30-August 5: Crawford County Fair, Crawford County Fairgrounds east of Girard.

August 1 & 2: Crawford County Fair Rodeo, Crawford County Fairgrounds east of Girard.

August 3: Garden Tractors & Mini Rod Pulls, 6 pm, Crawford County Fair.

Girard, KS

August 9: Thursday on the Girard Square, 7 pm, downtown Girard. Includes music.

Pittsburg, KS

Thursdays through August: Bone Creek Thursday Night Fishing Jackpots, registration 3 pm, tournament begins 7 pm, Crawford State Park. Jackpots are held at the Rocky Point boat ramp on Bone Creek Lake. Tournaments till dark. $8 per person, 12 & under fish free with an adult.

August 4: The Gould’s (Southern gospel), 6:30 pm, free music night, McCune Farm to Market.

August 11: Mainstage at the Colonial Fox – Brimstone Coolers, 7:30 pm, Colonial Fox Theatre.

August 23: The Vault: Unlocked, 6 pm, Bicknell Family Center. Pieces collected over more than 100 years will be on display, including reproductions by world renowned artists and original pieces.

August 24: Pittsburg ArtWalk, 5 pm, downtown Pittsburg. Showcases local talent ranging from 2-D, 3-D and performance art.

August 25:  Illusionist: Reza, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

August 26: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.

August 31: Missy Anderson (Soul) House Concert. Learn more about this house concert at

August 31: Paint the Town Red Kids Fun Run, 6:30 pm, 5th and Broadway in downtown Pittsburg.

August 31 & September 1: 12 pm, Cow Creek Living History Reenactment at Crawford County Historical Museum.

August 31-September 2: Little Balkans Days Festival, Lincoln Park. Every Labor Day weekend, Little Balkans Days celebrates the community’s culture, heritage and history. Enjoy great events, activities, entertainment and vendors.

August Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 North Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit

August 1: Corporate Challenge, 6 pm. Includes team-building games and activities and will finish off with an awards show on the main stage. Call 620.231.7827.

August 7: Pittsburg Area Young Professionals are hosting a Paint and Sip Party, 6 pm. Paint Van Gough’s “Sunflowers.” Cost is $25 and includes all painting supplies and one drink. Call 620.231.1000 or register on the Pittsburg Area Young Professionals Facebook page.

August 12-26: Just Off Broadway Musical Theatre Camp. For kids going into grades 6th-10th who have an interest in theater. Cost is $100. To sign up, call 620.231.7827. For more information and brochure, visit

August 23: The Pain Behind the Badge: Winning the Battle, 8 am-3:30 pm. This powerful and motivational presentation is an effective tool used to help first responders, police, fire, hospital and military personnel, civilian employees and spouses deal with tragedies commonly referred to as “critical incidents.” $35 per registrant at or call 620.231.7827 for more information.

August 24: Pittsburg Art Walk, 5-9 pm. The Beverly Corcoran Gallery will host an artist reception for the 2018 SEK Art Fest Bench Artists. Hor d’oeuvres /cash bar. 16 decorated fiberglass benches on display. Auction downstairs Sept. 2 Also on display, Little Balkans Quilt Guild Display  and Little Balkans Photo Contest. Call 620.231.7827 or visit

August 25 & 26: Just Off Broadway Musical Theatre Camp Presents: FAME JR, 7 pm; August 26, 2:30 pm. Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts in the early 1980s, Fame Jr. is the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. General Admission tickets $5 at the door. Visit or call 620.231.7827.

August 31-Sept. 1: Little Balkans Festival’s Quilt Show and Petting Zoo, 9 am-5 pm. See the amazing craftsmanship passed down through generations. Memorial Auditorium also has a petting zoo located on the north lawn of the building. The Beverly Corcoran Gallery will have the SEK Art Fest Benches on display as well as the Little Balkans Photo Contest! Visit or or call 620.231.7827.

ArtForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway. Call 620.240.0165. Please call Artforms Gallery to register for any workshop. 

Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks. 

August 1: Open Drawing Instruction, 4- 6 pm. Drop in and receive free drawing instruction and encouragement. Bring your sketchbook and preferred drawing tools if you have them. All ages/skill levels welcome!

August 4 & 11: Beginning Oil Painting, 12:30-4 pm. A list of needed supplies will be provided. Sessions focus on painting still life and landscape from photos. Bring your own photo or paint from one provided. Class is for the very beginner or the person who has painted before and wants to learn more. Ages 16 & up. Space limited. $35 per person/per session. Prepay at sign up.

August 5: Exquisite Indigo, 13:30 pm. Learn basic shibori techniques and dye a piece of fabric of your choice: two tea towels, a rectangular scarf, a square scarf, a plain yard of cotton or a t-shirt. Participants may bring one other item to dye (must be 100% cotton, linen, rayon or silk). Held at Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th, Pittsburg. Ages: 12 & up. Workshop participants limited to 8. Cost $40.     

August 7-8: Wheel Throwing, 6-9 pm. Hippy Clay is putting on a two-evening workshop to learn the basics of throwing clay. Six hours of instruction and hands-on experience; three hours each evening. All materials, tools and clay provided. Held at Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th, Pittsburg. Adults only. Participants limited to 8. Cost: $75. Pre-register and pay by July 28.

August 10: Firefly Jar, 6-8 pm. Paint a glass jar with all supplies provided. Bring your creativity and have fun! Teenagers and adults are welcome, and younger children with adult supervision. Cost $30.

August 11: Sketchbook Creation, 5-7 pm. Learn how to make your own sketchbook using the Coptic stitch, an ancient method to bind books using one thread, paper, book board and no glue. All materials provided. Ages  teens and adults. Cost: $30.

August 15: Open Drawing Instruction. Receive free drawing instruction and encouragement. Bring your sketchbook and preferred drawing tools if you have them. All ages and skill levels welcome!

August 17 & 18: Beginner’s Screen Printing, August 17, 6:30-7:30 pm; August 18, 11 am-1 pm. In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of DIY screen printing on a piece of their choosing: canvas tote, t-shirt or tea towels. Everyone will take home their screen at the end of the class. Ages: 12 and up. Cost: $45.

August 18: Ceramic Butter Dishes, 2-4:30 pm. Create your own hand-built ceramic butter dish! Held at Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th, Pittsburg. Ages: 10 and up. Ages 10 to 14 must have adult supervision. Participants limited to 14. Cost: $40.

August 19: Beginning Carving – Part 2-Relief Carving of a Green Man, 2-5 pm. Take home your own carving of a Green Man plaque out of basswood. Ages: 18 and up; class limited to 8. Cost: $45. Supplies provided. Bring your carving knife you received from Beginning Carving Part 1 and any additional carving tools you wish. Must have completed Beginning Carving Part 1.

Franklin, KS

August 2: Miners Hall Museum, “Railroads & Mining,” 2 pm. In conjunction with our third quarterly exhibit titled “Railroads – Backbone of the Mining Industry” Call 620.347.4220 or e-mail

Asbury, MO

Fridays through October: Friday Night Fun Drags, Mo-Kan Dragway. Gates open 6 pm. Racing is 7-11 pm. Spectator admission $10, kids 12 & under free, or $20 to race your car on the Mo-Kan 1/4 mile. Details at

Carl Junction, MO

August 4: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults.

Carthage, MO

Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707. 

Route 66 Drive-in Theatre. Movies begin at dusk Friday-Sunday evenings, 1731 Old 66 Boulevard. Adults $7, children 6-12 $3, ages 5 and under free. Call 417.359.5959 or visit

August 10: Food Truck Friday, 12-9 pm, Carthage square. Call 417.359.8181.

August 20: Summer Concerts in the Park, 7-9 pm, Central Park, free and open to the public. Bring a chair. Bring the kids. Bring a friend. Bring a picnic dinner. Call 417.359. 8181.

August 24: Carthage Art Walk, 6-9 pm, downtown square, free and open to the public. Call 417.359.8181.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs – Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit

August 1: Nature Discovery Workshop for Teachers, 10 am-3 pm. Teachers will investigate the unique habitats and life forms of George Washington Carver National Monument, using the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Discover Nature Schools curriculum. This educator course will examine how the area is connected through its watershed, landforms and food-web.

August 5: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

August 11 & 12: Expressions of the Soul, 1 pm. Carver had a passion for art and believed his creations were expressions of his soul. See images of Carver’s artwork that he used to convey the sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation.

August 18 & 19: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1 pm. The Jesup Wagon, also known as the Agricultural School on Wheels, carried George Washington Carver’s bulletins in addition to many other useful supplies to Southern farmers. A park ranger will share the story of this fascinating teaching tool.

August 24 & 25: Storytelling Festival, August 24, 6-8 pm; August 25, 11 am-3 pm. Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday all weekend long. Hear the stories these special places and spaces hold with various storytellers. Our units protect not only scenic beauty in places like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite but powerful stories, like George Washington Carver’s, and more.

August 26: Founders Day, 1 pm. It’s our birthday, and we’ll party if we want to! The NPS was established by the Organic Act of 1916. Park staff invites visitors to attend a special ranger-led program, join in activities and share their favorite National Park Service memories.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

August 12: Tri State Iris Society Meeting, 2 pm, Southwest Missouri Bank on the corner of Range Line and Zora Avenue. A presentation on How to Grow and Harvest Garlic will be given by John Mealey. The public is invited to attend. Call 417.625.1866.

August 21: Joplin Area Town & Country Quilters, 10:30 am; meets the third Tuesday, Peace Lutheran Church, 3100 N. St. Louis. Education at 10:30 am; potluck luncheon at noon, trunk show program at 1 pm. Visitors and new members welcome. Call 417.437.2490. 

August 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO –  All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park, not at the Center. Space is limited and fills up quickly. To register, email

August 11: Shoal Creek Water Festival, 9 am. Kids’ fishing derby, kids’ shoebox boat race, water balloon volleyball tournament, inner tube race (registration $5), duck races (purchase a duck for $5 or three for $10), Stone Lion Puppet Show, cardboard boat race ($25 registration) and float, splash and swim in Shoal Creek. Food trucks, booths and activities all day. Shuttle parking available. Bring a towel or wear appropriate bathing attire. Call 417.708.7713 or email or for rules, information and registration fees.

August 18: Yoga in Nature for Kids! Ages 2+. 9:30 am. Led by a registered yoga teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Free; registration requested. To register, email

August 18: Preschool Nature Connections: Leaping Lizards (ages 3-6), 10 am. What’s it like to be a lizard, and can they really leap? Find out about lizard sunbathing, scales and tails. Read a story, make a craft and go on a lizard “hunt’ in the park to see if you can find them! Free; registration requested. To register, please email

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

August 6: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Neosho, MO

August 10-12: The 30th annual production of the Silver Follies play The Sunny Side, 7 pm; Sunday, 2 pm. Elsie Plaster Community Center Auditorium on the Crowder College campus. The play is written, produced and acted by senior citizens. General admission is $5.

Webb City, MO

August 11: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm, downtown Webb City historic district.

Grove, OK

August 11: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God Church, two miles east of Grove on south side of Hwy 10. Preacher & Travelers will perform. Call 417.775.4121.

Cultural Events

Carthage, MO

August 17-19 & 24-26: A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Betsy Fleischaker, 6 pm, Sunday matinee, 12:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Boulevard. Call 417.388.1466 or 417.358.4300, or email

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


August 1: Hamilton Loomis Band House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houston’s famed venue – Rockefeller’s. If you’d like to be a part of this memorable evening, send an email to to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

July 26-August 5: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents The Count of Monte Cristo, 7 pm, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays; 2:30 pm Sundays. $10 adults; not recommended for children. For more information, email

August 8-12: Joplin Little Theatre presents Life Could Be A Dream, 7 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St, $18; seniors and students: $15; children 12 and under: $8. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 417.623.3638 or visit

August 26: Eilen Jewell Band House Concert, 5:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Send an email to to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds go directly to the artists performing.


Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6-8 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. A fiber arts club for beginners to advanced knitters. Meets each Thursday. Free. Call 417.437.9281.

August 2: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale.

August 3: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm, TBA. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. No charge; everyone 21 years and older is welcome.

August 7: Chat ‘n Crafts (adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets the first Tuesday of the month. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!

August 7: 2018 Movie in the Park presents Justice League, 8:30 pm, Schifferdecker Park, W. 4th St. Bring your family, a date, a group of friends or even fly solo as you enjoy a movie under the stars. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions available for purchase. All movies start at dusk, unless otherwise noted. This event is free. Call 417.625.4750.

August 7: Wizard Rock Concert: Tonks & the Aurors with Lauren Fairweather, 7:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Finish up summer with a free, wizard rock concert. Enjoy original rock music about the Harry Potter universe from the band’s newly released album, HUFFLERIOT! This event is free. Call 417.623.7953.

August 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. Connect with the Joplin Writers’ Guild on Facebook. Open to the public. Dues $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

August 11: Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School presents Contemporary/ Hip-Hop Workshop, Session #1: 11 am–12:30 pm & Session #2: 1:30-3 pm. Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School, 2101 Stephens Blvd. Session #1 includes advanced contemporary in Studio C and intermediate Hip-Hop in Studio B. Session #2 consists of advanced Hip-Hop in Studio C and intermediate contemporary in Studio B. Cost: $55 per dancer. Call 417.439.9549 or email

August 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop!


August 2-September 28: Summer Reading Art Challenge Exhibition, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Entries from all three categories—adults, teens and kids—of Post Art Library’s Summer Reading Art Challenge will be on display in the Local History, Genealogy and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. An opening reception will be held August 2 from 6-7:30 pm to honor all participants. For more information, including how you can participate, contact Post Art Library Director Jill Sullivan at 417.623.7953, x. 1041.

July 10-September 30: Woodturners of Southwest Missouri, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Seventy-five pieces created by members of the group are on display inside Joplin Public Library through September 30. Individuals interested in learning more about the Woodturners of Southwest Missouri may visit For more information about the display, contact Post Art Library Director Jill Sullivan at 417.623.7953, x. 1041.

July 10-September 30: Exploration by Jodie Sutton, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Exploration is comprised of pieces that reflect the various stages of Jodie Sutton’s four-year journey in encaustic painting. Encaustic is a wax-based paint made of beeswax, resin and pigment. The mixture is heated to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit and kept at a molten state for painting. The encaustic paint is applied to a rigid surface. After each layer is applied, the piece is fused by blowtorch or heat gun. This technique creates a unique texture and vibrancy that’s difficult to reproduce in other mediums. For more information, contact Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, at 417.623.7953, x. 1041.


August 7: Writing Workshop, 6:30 pm at Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Refine your fiction – fan or formal – with writing tips from the editors of Wizards in Space literary magazine. This workshop is for teens and adults; no registration needed. Call 417.623.7953.

Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO

Open Monday-Saturday. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 am-9 pm, Friday & Saturday 9 am-4 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques, or enjoy any of the workshops offered involving several of the other art mediums. With a fee of $125/mo, it allows you unlimited access (during business hours). This fee includes instruction (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), firing and glazing. Call 417.623.1455 or email  

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

Saturdays: Drop-In Class with Geoffrey, 10 am-noon. Drop in and play with clay! $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

Third Thursdays: Pick Your Passion with April Davis (ages 10+), 6-8 pm. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.

Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street

Tuesday & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 9:30 am-2:30 pm Saturday, 4-7:30 pm Tuesday, Joplin Public Library Makerspace, 1901 E. 20th St. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first come, first serve basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3-D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. Call 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.


July 10-September 30: Woodturners of Southwest Missouri. Seventy-five pieces created by members of the group are on display inside Joplin Public Library through September 30. Individuals interested in learning more about the Woodturners of Southwest Missouri may visit For more information about the display, contact Post Art Library Director Jill Sullivan at 417.623.7953, x. 1041.

July 10-September 30: Exploration by Jodie Sutton. Exploration is comprised of pieces that reflect the various stages of Jodie Sutton’s four-year journey in encaustic painting. Encaustic is a wax-based paint made of beeswax, resin and pigment. The mixture is heated to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit and kept at a molten state for painting. The encaustic paint is applied to a rigid surface. After each layer is applied, the piece is fused by blowtorch or heat gun. This technique creates a unique texture and vibrancy that’s difficult to reproduce in other mediums. For more information, contact Post Art Library Director Jill Sullivan at 417.623.79853, x. 1041.

RSVPaint Joplin: 223 W. 3rd St., at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery

August Events

Create a one of a kind, made by you, wood, glass or canvas project! Events scheduled every Wednesday-Sunday with featured projects. Join us for Wine’d Down Wednesday for Open Studio from 4-9 pm. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 pm and afternoons on Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Walk-in or register online in advance for featured projects and to choose your own. Ask about weekly bar specials. Soft drinks and water also available.

All Things Pets event on Sunday, August 26, at 2 pm.

Walk In during Wine’d Down Wednesday at 4 pm with 1/2 price wine specials.

Third Thursday drink and project specials.

Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets.

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-12), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.

Tuesdays: Young Artist Studio (ages 11-13), 5:15-6:30 pm. Provides students the opportunity to explore in depth the art forms they love and experiment with new materials. Cost: $80 (course) or $11 weekly. Call 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-12 pm. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. Free. No prior art experience necessary.

Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

Saturdays: Tween Workshop with Sarah Serio (ages 12-14), 1 pm. Students will have a chance to explore the art forms they love and experiment with new mediums. Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

August 2: Vet Art Classes–Abstract Painting, 6 pm. Learn to let go by painting without the pressure of the visual representation of objects. Use shape, color and gestural marks to paint freely and expressively. Attendees will take home at least one painting. Taught by Sandra Conrad, local teaching artist. Free to all veterans. Veterans only. Limit 15. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

August 11: Coloring Book Club, 10:30 am-noon. Bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the gift shop.


August 2: Spiva Trivia Night (ages 21+), 6-8 pm. Cost: $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. Team that wins each round wins 75% of the entry fees. The remainder goes toward Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Must be 21 or older. Call 417.623.0183.

August 17: Opening Reception, 5:30–7:30 pm. New exhibits are opening at Spiva Center for the Arts! Come see At Ease: Veteran Contemporary in the Main Gallery and Angel Brame: One Per Day, A Year of Small Decisions in the Regional Gallery. Preview the exhibits a day early, mingle with friends and enjoy refreshments. $5 suggested contribution; members free. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

August 18: Art and the Military Panel Discussion, 11 am. The panel will feature Dr. Tara Tappert of The Arts and the Military, Geraldine Craig of K-State Art Department, and Ted and Amy Donaldson of Compass Quest Veteran Services. Call 417.623.0183 or visit


July 30-August 4: Art and the Animal, flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists, comprised of realistic depictions of art and nature in various mediums.

July 30-August 4: Charlotte Street Foundation. Features three artists from their innovative Kansas City residency program: Glyneisha Johnson, Ruben Castillo and Rebekah Peck Moguel.

August 1-31: Nature’s Wild Thing: I Think I Love You by David Parks, Upstairs Gallery. Self-taught local photographer David Parks will exhibit his collection of work from over 40 years of picture taking.

August 18-October 6: At Ease: Veteran Contemporary, Main Gallery. The exhibit will feature approximately 60 pieces of work from artists involved in the current veteran art movement. Art will be obtained from the National Veterans Art Museum, ART-ifact, and Kansas City-based veteran artists. The objective is to showcase works made by veteran artists, present the arts as a viable career path for veterans, and to highlight the arts as a therapeutic and alternative treatment option for mental health challenges. According to the Missouri Veterans Commission, in 2016 there were 9,685 veterans in Jasper County in 2016 and 5,090 veterans in Newton County in 2016.

August 18-October 13: Angel Brame: One Per Day, A Year of Small Decisions, Regional Gallery. In an effort to assign herself a task that would push her creativity and encourage growth, local artist Angel Brame chose to make one small pottery piece per day for an entire year with a few stipulations: each piece must be a pouring vessel and must be small. Join in as Angel shows a year’s worth of extraordinary work.


View our list of summer arts camps and classes here:

Health Events

Galena, KS

August 7: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

August 9: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS    

August 14: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

August 22: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

August 8 & 22: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

August 14: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West, Main Entrance. Freeman Farmers Market is starting up again. Visit every Wednesday in August. Call 417.347.3950.

August 2: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings and osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Call 417.347.6555 for appointment.

August 7: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

August 7: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRD should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

August 7: Miracle Treat Day, all day, local Dairy Queen stores. Every Blizzard® Treat sold, $1 or more is donated by your local participating DQ® store to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital®, Freeman Health System.

August 7: American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR/AED, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. This course covers infant, child and adult CPR/AED and choking. This course is intended for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a requirement. Student will receive a book and participation card. Register at on the classes and events page. Fee: $20. Call 417.347.4448.

August 8: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Penny Peek, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, for questions at 417.347.4036.

August 14: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall, Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

August 14 & 28: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, 5:30 pm, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Call 417.347.1266.

August 20: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. July’s meeting topic is Carbohydrate Counting with a Dietitian. Call 417.347.5700.

August 21: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

August 21: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

July 24: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 2W and 4W. Call 417.347.4603.

August 24: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

Mercy Hospital – Support Groups

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3-3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.8760.

August 4: Bariatric Seminar, 6-7 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Is weight-loss surgery right for you? Mercy Bariatric Center can help you decide. The free seminar is for those who have considered weight-loss surgery, are 80 to 100 pounds overweight, have had multiple unsuccessful attempts at weight loss or have an illness caused or made worse by excess weight. To register or for more information, visit

August 8: Cancer Survivor Support Group-Men’s meets the second Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

August 8: Cancer Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

August 13: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-7 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

August 20: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Call 417.556.8420. Email

August 22: Cancer Survivor Support Group-Women’s meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

August 22: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer center Conference room ,  100 Mercy Way. Free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. For more information  call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

August 28: Lung Disease Support Group, 1:30 pm, Cancer Conference Center of Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way. (Please enter through the Cancer Center entrance located on the southeast side of the hospital.) The group is sponsored by Mercy Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation and meets the fourth Tuesday. Call Kelsey Darr-Hessee at 417.556.8231 for more information.

August 28: Diabetes Support Group meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Water and Electric meeting room, 627 W. Centennial. Call 417.359.1359.

Mercy Auxiliary, Joplin

Weekdays: Valet Service, 7:30 am-5 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Clinic Entrance (west entrance), 100 Mercy Way. Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary Joplin, this complimentary service is available for all patients and family members seeking non-hospital care or services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

August 27: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

August 8: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

August 8: Blood Drive, 1-5 pm, Bloodmobile – Moore-Few Care Center south parking lot. Save the life of up to two people with Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

July 11- August 15: Feel Better Now! 1-3 pm. Reduce medical costs and doctor visits with this free six-week course. Develop self-management skills for living with a chronic disease. Moore-Few Care Center Community Room. To register, call 417.448.3841.

August 14 &15: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8:30 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register.

August 15: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

August 18: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12:30 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register for this class.     

August 28: Free Skin Cancer Screening, 11 am-1 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Provided by Jacqueline Youtsos, M.D. To schedule your appointment, call 417. 448.3622.

August 28: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

August 9: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

August 9: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

August 9: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

August 14 & 28: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

August 2: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.

August 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.